Have You Seen Martin?

February 20th, 2010

Martin Luther King Jr.

Have you seen Martin?

I know. That sounds like an odd question. But the truth of the matter is; we do see him in so many of the things we now take for granted and do without giving a second thought on a daily basis. Like dining in any place of our choice or shopping where we like; or coming home and using a key in a door that we choose to live behind; or work on a job that we aspired to and not had to settle for; or vote; when, where and for whom we please. So the next time anyone asks, have you seen Martin; the answer is ABSOLUTELY, yes.

Martin was given breath on January 15, 1929 and over the span of his short life he helped our nation to breathe a little freer and a little easier. Martin once said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” I say Martin build staircases with every step he took.

A testament to how inspiring this world figure was is that almost every major city in the United States has a school or a street named after him. From the footsteps he laid in the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott of 1956. (That made a difference for us all). The organization he helped create in 1957 The Southern Christian leadership Conference (SCLC) that was instrumental in making The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 happen. (That made a difference for us all); to the light he shined on the massive protest of 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama (that made a difference for us all). The 250,000 people that walked in lock step with him in 1963 where Washington DC stood still long enough to hear one man’s dream. (That made a difference for us all) Right down to the eye opening vision of over 200,000 people marching and singing through streets that were fired up in many ways as the sun delivered a temperature 82 degrees by 10:30 am on that day in Atlanta, Ga. in 1968.(That made a difference for us all).

Martin Luther King Jr. was Co-Pastor alongside his father for almost a decade at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga. This charismatic leader was named Man of The Year in 1963 and received The Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Martin Luther King was taken from us on April 4, 1968 at the age of 35. (His life made a difference for us)

As we celebrate and remember him on his birthday, many people will speak of helping others in his honor. I believe that is a very good thing to do. For those of us that were here during his life, we were most fortunate to witness such a leader that not only touched the lives of so many during his live but helped change and improve the life’s of generations to come.

As I reflect on all that this man meant to our nation and wonder what can I do in my little sphere that will matter. I thought about my goal for 2010; that is to inspire others to reach their goals. I intend to do just that. Martin Luther King Jr. traveled over six million miles and made over twenty five hundred speeches as well as wrote five books.

(That all made a difference for us all) I challenge myself and offer you a challenge as well, can we travel across the street or around the corner and speak to someone that may only need an encouraging word from us to help him or her take the next step towards reaching their goals. (Will we make a difference?)

Article by, Ty Ferrell

A Grateful American

Ty Ferrell Sr.

Ty was born in Phila, Pa. and lived in Germantown and Mt. Airy for over thirty years before relocating with his job.Ty raised five children with his lovely wife of thirty-six years. He has over 40 years of retail management experience holding positions as Store Manager, District Manager, Regional Manager and Associate Director and now lives in York, Pa. Ty has presented a wide range of workshops and seminars as a trainer at many company meetings. He now enjoys writing because it gives him a great opportunity to share his passion for presenting and helping others. His motivation in writing any article is that some will read them and find the encouragement to take the next step toward their own goals.

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Local Home Buyers’ Seminars

February 15th, 2010

Home Buyers Seminars

Saturday, February 20th – 10am – 12pm
Thursday, February 25th – 7-9 pm

Everything you need to know to purchase a home in this market.
Information on the process, up to date Mortgage programs & assistance. Information on the Tax incentives & MORE. A real estate seminar you won’t want to miss !!

Seminars held at our office: 418 Main Street, Harleysville, PA 19438

RSVP & walk ins welcome. Refreshments being served.

For more information contact Joan Gill: Office # 215-256-6543

Prudential Rittenhouse Realty Group

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Live Music In Roxborough

February 13th, 2010

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Type: Music Concert
Start Time: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 9:00pm
Location: Coyles Rox Box
Street: 6080 Ridge Avenue
City/Town: Philadelphia, PA

The band Wynrise will perform in Roxborough at Coyles Rox Box. Wynrise plays original progressive rock music. The venue is open to all ages.

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Consumer Complaints Reach Record Highs

February 11th, 2010

HARRISBURG, PA – Consumer complaints to the Attorney General’s Office, along with money recovered or saved for Pennsylvania consumers, both reached record high levels this past year, according to Attorney General Tom Corbett.

Corbett said the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection received a total of 52,481 complaints during 2009 – more than 1,000 complaints per week and an all-time high for the office. He added that as a result of investigations and legal actions brought by the Attorney General’s Office during 2009, consumers were able to recover or save $32,337,939 – which is also a record figure.

“With many Pennsylvania families struggling economically, it is clear that con artists are targeting our communities,” Corbett said. “The biggest category for complaints involves money, including scams, credit repair schemes, debt collection disputes and a list of other financial issues.”

Corbett noted that nearly 10,000 complaints involved some type of credit-related issue in 2009. Overall, they accounted for nearly 20% of all the consumer complaints received by the Office of Attorney General and were almost double the number of complaints in any other category.

“Helping consumers avoid scams and recovering money for the victims of fraud or deceptive trade are our highest priorities,” Corbett said. “In 2009 we returned or helped save consumers more than $32 million, the largest amount in recent history for consumer protection cases in Pennsylvania, but we continue to stress that prevention is the best way to save money.”

Corbett encouraged consumers to:

Watch out for offers that sound “too good to be true.”
Check the consumer advisories on the Attorney General’s website for updates about new scams.
Understand your rights as a consumer.
Contact the Bureau of Consumer Protection as soon as you suspect a problem.

Corbett said that consumer complaints in Pennsylvania increased by more than 13% between 2008 and 2009, with complaints about credit and financial issues topping the list.

“The quicker and earlier the Bureau of Consumer Protection can get involved in a situation, the more likely it is that we can save consumers money and prevent people from falling victim to fraud,” Corbett said.

The top five categories for consumer complaints in 2009 are:

Credit Issues (including debt collection, credit services, credit ratings, credit repair and other financial issues).
Do Not Call violations.
Buying Services (including gift certificates, coupons & rebates, mail order & catalog services, auctions, promotional contests and sweepstakes).
Motor Vehicle Sales.
Home Improvement Contractors.

Corbett urged consumers to file formal complaints with the Attorney General’s Office in any situation where they suspect that a business has engaged in deceptive practices or unfair trade.

Consumers can visit the “Complaints” section of the Attorney General’s website to submit an online complaint or download a printable complaint form.

Additionally, consumers can call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-441-2555 to request a complaint form.

Information about consumer rights and other related materials are available in the “Consumers” section of the Attorney General’s website.

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Philadelphia Zoo Sponsors Earth Day Poster Contest

February 7th, 2010

Philadelphia, PA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Philadelphia Zoo are sponsoring an Earth Day poster contest for students in grades kindergarten through 12 in EPA’s mid-Atlantic region, which includes Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Students are invited to submit hand-created drawings on plain letter-sized paper using markers, colored pencils, crayons, pens or paint. Computer-generated images will not be accepted. Students can choose one of the three themes:

1) Protect Habitats, Endangered Species
2) Help Protect the Earth from Climate Change
3) The Meaning of Earth Day

Entries will be divided into four categories: K-2nd grade; grades 3-5; grades 6-8; and grades 9-12. The top three winners in each category will receive a combined prize package from the EPA and Philadelphia Zoo. Winning entries and others will be displayed at the Philadelphia Zoo on April 22-24 as part of EPA’s 40th anniversary Earth Day celebration. The posters will later be displayed at the EPA’s Public Information Center in Philadelphia. Entries must be postmarked no later than March 1 and should be mailed to:

Earth Day Poster Contest (3PA00)
U.S. EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The back of the poster should include the competition theme, name, age, school name, grade, parent/guardian’s name, address, telephone number and email.

For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/region03/earthday/2010_poster_contest.PDF or call (215) 814-5100 or email
R3 40yearsofEarthDay@epa.gov.

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Snow, Snow, Snow

February 6th, 2010

Ft. Washington, PA — A severe snow storm covers the areas with total snow accumulations of 19 to 24 inches throughout the Philadelphia Area. Current Weather Condtions

Video (.mpg): Philadelphia area snow storm of Feb. 5th and 6th 2010 made into a music video. Filmed in Montgomery County, PA.

Made with an extemporaneous music soundtrack written and recorded during the storm by The End.

Related Article: Snow Storm 2010

More multi-meida from the Greater Philadelphia Region

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Celebrate the Birthday of the Trees

February 3rd, 2010

Old City Jewish Art Center
February 2010
OCJAC: First Friday

Oil on canvas, watercolors, botanical collages, pencil drawings, photographic prints, landscapes, still life, realism, grapes, olives, dates, pomegranates, figs – What do they all have in common? 
Please join us on Friday, February 5th from 5-9 PM for First Friday
“Tu B’Shevat – New Year for Trees” Art Exhibition at (OCJAC) Old City Jewish Art Center 119 N. 3rd St. and find out what they have in common.
This wonderful exhibition features these artists: educator/painter/and print maker Paulette Bensignor, fine arts painter Susan Forbes, botanical collage artist Rachel Isaac, photographer B. Leah Palmer, and water colorist Barbara Rosenzweig.  See works of art that include fruits of the holy land of Israel, landscapes, trees, botanical bouquet collages, and much more.
“Man is a tree of the field,” and the Jewish calendar reserves one day each year (the New Year for Trees on the 15th of Shevat) for us to contemplate our affinity with our botanical analogue and what it can teach us about our own lives.  For man is a tree of the field. (Deuteronomy 20:19)
Don’t miss “Meet the Artists’ Reception” scheduled for Sunday, February 14th from 2- 4:00 PM.  Come meet the artists.  See the
Tu B’Shevat Art Exhibition, sample refreshments in celebration of Tu B’Shevat and really enjoy a warm friendly socializing atmosphere.   
Gallery hours are Tuesday – Thursday from 1-6 PM.  “Tu B’Shevat – New Year for Trees” Art Exhibition from February 5-24th. Please stop by to browse in our BIG small crafts area, knitted art to wear, ceramics and more.
For more information, please call Sherry at 215-923-1222 and go to our website at www.ocjac.org .

Hope to See You There!
Old City Jewish Art Center
119 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia PA

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Restored Victorian For Sale in Fort Washington

February 2nd, 2010

Jane Douglass, REALTOR, with Prudential Fox and Roach in Blue Bell PA
presents an exquisite Victorian home for sale in Fort Washington PA.

The home has been meticulously restored and features 5 bedrooms,
3.5 baths and a good amount of stained glass.

Ms. Douglass is a 25+ year Marketing Veteran of Luxury Estates, Manor Homes, & Classic Pennsylvania Farm Houses in Southeastern PA.

She specializes in the Philadelphia Area the includes Montgomery County, & Bucks County PA.

She is also a member of The Historic Real Estate Program of the National Trust For Historic Preservation.

Jane offers the professional experience, confidence, & heartfelt concern needed to meet the needs of home sellers, purchasers, & transferees.

If you need an extraordinary Realtor to find an outstanding property for you, please Contact Jane Douglass at (215)542-2200.

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Luxury Real Estate Rentals in Center City Philadelphia

February 1st, 2010

Lisa Silveri, with Coldwell Banker Preferred, in Center City Philadelphia announces some luxury real estate rental opportunities that put you on top of the world overlooking the city of Brotherly Love.

The Dorchester, 17th Floor – 3 Bedrooms at 224 West Rittenhouse Square.

Waterfront Square, 28th Floor Penthouse overlooking the Delaware
River and the city skyline.

Browse the Listings

Call Lisa at 215-990-3159 to get more info or to make an appointment
to see any of these or similar properties

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Historic Roxborough

February 1st, 2010

Pen and ink drawings from 1895-1929 courtesy of Dave Cellini and Jackie Mellor.

Blacksmith Shop, Captain Jones’ House, Henry Keely House,
John Foering’s Store, Lafayette Hotel, Levering Street,
Leverington Hotel, Loca House, Monastery,
Northeast Corner of Ridge and Green, Northeast Corner of Ridge and Walnut, Partenheimer’s Store,
Plow’s Tavern, Ship Tavern, Sorrel House,
Southeast Ridge and Shawmont, Wunders Inn, Yellow School House

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